17 October 2020
Except in states such as, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra, a grandmother had no opportunity to inherit any ancestral property from her father, as the scheme of Mitakshara ancestral property devolution till 2005 (when the discrimination between a male and female in inheritance was removed) was from a male ancestor to his son, then to his grandson, and then to his great grandson. So it seems that the property in question devolved from a few generations need not be an ancestral property.
The term “ancestral property” is a legal term and has a specific definition in law. Its meaning is quite different from the literal meaning of the term.